(Closed) how necessary are programs?

posted 11 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
2057 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

When I go to weddings I grab a program read who the wedding party is and then it gets left on my seat or stuffed in my purse, which then gets tossed Undecided

I am a bride and I am still on the fence about doing programs in general.  I think you are good to go if you want to ‘pass’ on the programs. Honestly, I don’t think anyone will comment re: them. Now, if you have people that you want to thank or remember then I think they are a great ways to recognize both of those factors, which might be something to consider?

Post # 4
1509 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think they are only necessary if you are doing a religious ceremony, such as a Catholic ceremony where the ceremony is long (an hour) and not all of your guests are of the faith.

Post # 5
8351 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I don’ think they are necessary, unless you are having an intricate ceremony; however, we are not having an intricate ceremony and I plan to do them anyway. When I go to the wedding, I like to have a program. Reading it occupies some of the extra time prior to the ceremony and I always take mine home and hang on to them for awhile.

Post # 6
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

They are only necessary if you have congregational response or songs that people are expected to sing and will need the words for.

Post # 7
384 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I was thinking about this as well. I will be having an outdoor ceremony of 35 people and my reception 2 months later with a much larger group. I am not religious and progams remind me of a religious occasion. Im on the fence as well. More so gearing towards not. If anything I may have fans made with the names of the bridal party.

Post # 8
1221 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

They’re not necessary. We’re only doing them because of certain songs & reading we’ll be doing & we want people to understand why we’re doing them. I don’t think people will really miss them, and like other have said the programs usually get tossed anyway.

Post # 10
1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We used them mostly to explain Jewish traditions. I do consider it nice to acknowledge the officiant and wedding party though. We did ours quite quickly using Word and printing at Kinkos (cardstock cover, inside plain white paper, they did the stapling).

Post # 11
9024 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

its a personal preference thing.. i went to a wedding only yesterday it was very beautiful but i did find myself reachin for the program every now and again, but there were no programs and i kept forgettin that. i’m just used to having programs at weddings it helps to know whats coming up next.

Post # 12
3709 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I don’t keep them after the ceremony but I think they are very helpful during the ceremony to keep track of where you are in the ceremony and learn the names of the BMs and GMs if you don’t know them. They are also helpful to explain traditions that some of the guests are not familiar with ex: jumping the broom, spice tasting, etc.


Post # 13
499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Not necessary at all and we are, in fact skipping them. For a 25 minute ceremony with no bridal party, I just can’t see what possible use they’d be that would justify the cost and effort of me making them.

Post # 14
3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Honestly, I’ve never been to a wedding with a program. I don’t even know what one’s supposed to look like.

Post # 15
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think of programs for guests to typically look at to figure out how long the ceremony will be, and who’s in them, etc.  Instead of doing individual programs, we are making a larger sign posted on an easle that people can look at when they walk in.

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